Another test of Corona Virus turned positive, bringing to 4 the total number of confirmed cases in the country.
Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe yesterday evening said the patient had travelled from London UK on March 8, arriving into the country on March 9.
“Tracing of persons who may have come into contact with the patient on going,” he said.
While speaking at the Ministry of Health headquarters Afya House, the CS added that so far 111 cases have been tested at the country’s laboratory.
He added that the tests on the 27 persons who came into contact with the first patient had turned out to be negative.
The government has also directed that cargo vessels from China will be allowed into the country so long as they are disinfected at the port of origin and the crew quarantined once they get into the country.
The government has also lifted the ban on foreigners getting into the country but only allowing immediate family of diplomats and the United Nations (UN).
“The families of the diplomats and the UN staff will be allowed into the country but they must follow the rules,” the CS said.
The first case was reported on Friday in a woman who had returned to the country on from the US on March 5.
On Sunday, the cases rose to three after two more cases after tests on 27 people who came into close contact with the country’s first patient.
President Uhuru Kenyatta immediately directed that all entries into the country by people from all countries affected by the Covid-19 be suspended and all learning institutions be closed. The President also asked government offices to allow employees to work from home.
The test had been conducted at the government’s national influenza centre laboratory on March 12.
The country is dependent on imports from China has started feeling the impact of the pandemic including disruptions of the supply chain.
At least 18 countries in Africa have reported such cases with Egypt and Algeria leading in cases.
Other countries include Rwanda, Tanzania, Ghana and Ethiopia among others.